Learn more about our scholarships, financial aid, teaching fellowships and internship opportunities

Funding is an important component to consider when applying to an MFA in Creative Writing program. All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships by way of their application materials. No additional documents are required. All of our students receive varying amounts of scholarships during their two years in the program.

Students also have the option to apply for private scholarships through websites such as www.fastweb.com.

Prospective students may also apply for a Teaching Fellowship in either Composition or the Center for Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC Fellowhship) when they apply for admission. One Teaching Fellow in each genre receives $5,000 their first year of study and approximately $5,000 their second year of study. They teach their own English 4 Freshman Compoistion course during the fall of their second year. Two WAC Fellows are selected from each genre: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction and Poetry. The Fellowship pays a stipend of approximately $4,000 in the first year and $10,000 in the second year.

Each student is guaranteed a paid internship in teaching or publishing during their second year of study in the amount of $2,000. Community Engagement Internships are awarded $3,000.

Scholarship awards are announced in April and May, disbursed after August 1, and applicable towards tuition. All applications will be reviewed by the MFA in Creative Writing Admissions Committee. 

Financial aid is a separate process from Scholarships. You’ll need to complete a FAFSA to apply for federal loans, which are available to all incoming students. You can find out more about federal graduate student loans on the financial aid website. For more information on Federal Student Financial Aid Programs, please visit the Federal Student Aid website.

Additionally, there are many campus jobs available to our students. There are grants associated with the college at large and other outside funding opportunities that are available to our graduate students. 

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